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Jewelry Supplies from the Hardware Store -...
Jewelry Supplies from the Hardware Store - Jewelry to Make with Washers
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
You've made a sale through your web site or on-line store; now what? Here are some tips for using your jewelry packaging as a way to create a brand, encourage a repeat sale, and also safely secure the jewelry you are mailing out.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Make your own jig for bending wire, and then follow this simple wire pattern to make your first wire bracelet on it.
Money Making Jewelry - Making Money Jewelry
Coins are not only for spending on things we want but also for creating beautiful jewelry
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
Fordite - a stone from an unusual source with...
Fordite - A Surprising Stone From the Modern Era
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
If you are new to bead knotting and haven't had much luck with the traditional approach, then consider use this alternative technique, which is a little like cheating bust still works.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
Fresh Fall Jewelry Design Inspiration
Fall Inspired Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
This tutorial is a little more advanced than your average bead stringing project, but the time and patience is well worth the effort when you see the finished results of your endlessly knotted crystal necklace. There's no clasp, so you can just slip it over your neck and get ready to sparkle with these amazing red crystal beads.
Easy Stone Settings
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
11 Easy and Clever DIY Jewelry Displays for...
11 Clever and Easy DIY Jewelry Displays - Easy to make and easy on the wallet. Links to full tutorials included!
Lisa Jacobs shows us how to find new customers...
Lisa Jacobs shows us how to find new customers for our online shops
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet. Jewelry Making.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
10 Bead Patterns You Will Love
10 Bead Patterns You Will Love. Jewelry Making.
Water Casting Tutorial
Water casting is a fun processes that allows you to make unusual jewelry components using metal scraps.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Learn the basics for using bead tips to finish off your beaded jewelry designs.
Gross and Gorgeous Halloween Jewelry
Gross and Gorgeous Halloween Jewelry - Create jewelry for Halloween from easy every day supplies or harder to find gross supplies.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
13 Mystical Magical Jewelry Projects
13 Mystical Magical Jewelry Projects
Bead Stringing Techniques
Learn the basics when it comes to bead stringing and master various techniques.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Gifts for Jewelry Designers
Share the wonderful world of jewelry making with friends and family through gifts every jewelry designer can use.
Why Use Simulated Stones?
Is it a good idea to use gemstones in your jewelry or not? Why even consider using simulated stones?
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
10 Tips for Working with Chain
Prefabricated chain is a handy component to include in your jewelry creations. Here are some tips to consider when working with chain.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
Wire Work Techniques for Making Wire Jewelry
Master various wire jewelry making techniques and learn to make awesome wire jewelry.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
If You Post on the Jewelry Making Forum, Be...
Our Jewelry Making Forum is a wonderful place to talk about jewelry making, but before you jump into the conversation, it's a good idea to be familiar with our rules and guidelines.
Copper Jewelry Projects for Fall Fashion
Copper Jewelry Projects for Fall Fashion
Making a Beaded Bead
This technique is amazing and a great way to learn or practice a bead weaving stitch called peyote. You literally weave tiny seed beads together to form a tube-shaped bead.
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
You will be amazed how simple it is to make your own hook and eye clasp using wire and a few hand tools.
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
What Are Ear Threads?
Discover one of the coolest trends in earrings - ear threads! What are ear threads, also known under many other names such as threader earrings and earstrings, and how can you make jewelry using this unique earring finding.
How to Fire Copper Metal Clay
Copper metal clay, or CopprClay as its brand name is spelled, must be fired in a kiln. Here are some step by step instructions to explain how.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Turn a piece of silver plate into an awesome cuff bracelet. No soldering required.
Metal Jewelry Fabrication Tools
Before you begin using metal fabrication techniques, you'll need some special tools for your tool box.
The Best Eclectic Jewelry Projects for the Gal...
The Best Eclectic Jewelry Projects for the Gal Who Can't Choose a Style
You Can Start Your Handmade Jewelry Business in...
Start Your Handmade Jewelry Business in 2015
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
What Is Niobium?
What Is Niobium? Learn about this unique hypoallergenic metal used for jewelry making.
What Are the Different Types of Solder?
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
11 DIY Jewelry Displays for Spring Art and...
11 DIY Jewelry Displays for Spring Art and Craft Shows
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Incorporating cabochons is a great way to expand on seed beaded jewelry designs, and the basic technique is not that difficult to master.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
Make these 15 Halloween Jewelry Projects to...
Make creepy and cool spider jewelry
Display, Show and Give Your Handmade Jewelry...
DIY Creative Jewelry Displays. Jewelry Making.
Free Wire Chain Patterns
Use wire and links to create a variety of chain patterns to use in your jewelry designs. Many of these require no soldering.
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
Get Started Making Wire Jewelry
If you have always wanted to make jewelry using wire, then this article will tell you what you need as far as tools to get started.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Brick Stitch Beaded Tree Ornament
Brick stitch along with large green beads work up into this quick and easy holiday ornament. It looks like a tree and be hung from your tree.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
Learn two different ways - one the proper way and one the quick way - of using wire to make jump rings.
How to Use a Wire Draw Plate
A draw plate is a helpful tool for wire workers and metalsmiths. Learn what this tool is all about and how to use it.
Kiln Location
Where will your kiln sit and how does it open? Page 2.
Get Started: Macrame Jewelry
A hot fad from the 60s has become popular again today. Learn how you can get started making macrame jewelry.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
Cover Your Crimps!
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs.
Bend-Nosed Pliers
Bent-Nosed Pliers have a lot in common with chain-nosed pliers. They are versatile and used for all kinds of jewelry making techniques.
Magnetic Clasp Pros and Cons
Consider the good and bad that comes with using magnetic clasps on your jewelry pieces.
Make Resin Beads
With a two-part epoxy product called Ferido, you can shape and form resin into beads.
Do the Jig
While there are a lot of good commercial wire jigs on the market these days, you can also make your own with some wood and a few nails.
11 Woven Jewelry Projects to Make
11 Woven Jewelry Projects to Make
Anvil vs. Block for Making Jewelry
Anvils and metal blocks are both pieces of equipment used by jewelry makers, both metalsmiths and wire workers, but when do you use one over the other?
7 Easy Ways to Sell Your Jewelry
7 Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show Season
Carmi Cimicata, the Queen of Resin
Carmi Cimicata is a mixed media artist who pushed the boundaries of resin jewelry making .
How to Tie a Josephine Knot
This knot is a little more advanced than basic knots such as the square knot. It has a variety of applications such as finishing off the ends of a macrame necklace you can then pull over your head.
Down to Earth Wood and Stone Jewelry Projects
Wood and Stone Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
Think About the Future
Think about your future in the world of jewelry. Page 3.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Learn how to use wire to connect components, other wire sections, beads, and much more with this very versatile wire wrapping technique.
The Metalsmith Reborn!
New and better than ever....find out why Tim McCreight's newest edition of his famous book, Complete Metalsmith, is do different from past editions.
Make Jewelry to Celebrate Fall
Fall Jewelry Making Inspiration Part 2
Definition of Hypoallergenic
The term hypoallergenic is often used when talking about jewelry, especially when it comes to findings such as ear wires. What exactly does this term mean?
Heat and Size of Kiln
How hot should your kiln get and how large should it be? Page 3.
Stay in Out of the Cold and Make These Seed...
Stay in Out of the Cold and Make These Seed Bead Projects
Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn about some of the different clasps and connectors used to make beaded jewelry.
Promoting Your Jewelry Business via Blogs
What is a blog and what does it have to do with jewelry making? Even more important, find out how you can use blog technology to promote yourself and your jewelry business, whether you sell your hand-crafted jewelry, teach classes, or sell supplies such as beads and wire.
Final Advice on Fine Jewelry Designing
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Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
Packaging for Jewelry Sales and Gifts
Packaging for Jewelry Sales and Gifts
9 Crystal Jewelry Projects to DIY
9 Crystal Jewelry Projects to DIY
An Interview with Jewelry Designer Lorelei Eurto
An Interview with Jewelry Designer Lorelei Eurto
10 Beginner Level Necklaces
10 Beginner Level Necklaces. Jewelry Making.
8 Easy Gemstone Pendants to Make
Gemstone Pendants to Make. Jewelry Making.
What Is a Head Pin?
Knowing each of the various jewelry findings, such as a head pin, is really important when you are first learning to make jewelry.
7 Gorgeous Pearl Projects to Make
Gorgeous Pearl Projects to Make. Jewelry Making.
Tila Beading Projects for Everyone
Tila Beading Projects for Everyone
Is Your Jewelry Really Made from Trash
Jewelry Made with Unusual Elements
Flower Petal Ornament Cover
This seed bead ornament is designed to cover a standard glass bulb.
Pearl Illusion Necklace
Make an illusion-style necklace with pearl beads, beading wire, and crimp beads. Then finish it off with a hand-crafted clasp.
Simple Loop aka Unwrapped Wire Loop
This basic wire technique is sometimes called the simple loop or the unwrapped loop technique. Whatever you call it, this method is a staple technique for wire work when you want to connect jewelry components.
Hematite - What Is Hematite?
Hematite is a very popular gemstone, but what exactly is it?
Using a Ring Jig to Make Jump Rings
Here is yet another method for making jump rings. These instructions include using a bench vice and ring jig.
Small Scale Jewelry for Extra Whimsy
Teeny Tiny Whimsical Jewelry - there is something about teeny tiny miniature things that people love.
Hunting Down a Sales Rep
This interview with the owner of Over the Moon Jewelry offers suggestions for hunting down a jewelry sales rep.
Jewelry Making Made Super Easy
Jewelry Making Video Tutorials
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